Date
20 September 2017
The man was apprehended at the border after his hidden vest yielded 10 kilograms of gold bars. Photo: Xinhua
The man was apprehended at the border after his hidden vest yielded 10 kilograms of gold bars. Photo: Xinhua

HK man arrested for trying to smuggle 10 gold bars into China

A 50-year-old Hong Kong man was arrested after he tried to smuggle 10 gold bars worth HK$3 million into Shenzhen by hiding them in a specially designed vest, Sing Tao Daily reports.

The gold bars, weighing more than 10 kilograms, were kept in a tailor-made vest which he wore under a blue shirt.

Law enforcers accosted him at the border checkpoint on Chung Ying Street around 7 p.m. on Wednesday after he entered the lobby of the building with his bike and kept looking around.

When they checked him with a metal detector, it sounded. The man then tried to escape by running towards the mainland.

After he was apprehended, the officers found that he was wearing a red tailor-made vest with 10 pockets. Each pocket had a gold bar weighing 1 kilogram.

Upon interrogation, he confessed that he was trying to smuggle the gold bars by hiding them in his specially designed vest.

Tourists and mainland residents are not allowed to carry more than 50 grams of gold into the mainland if they don’t declare to Customs.

Smuggling precious stones into China is considered a serious crime punishable by death.

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